Americans and Zionists are the sole audience of a play they have commissioned and sold out.- Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Dec. 29, 2009, explaining the Ashura Day antigovernment protests
US President Barack Obama and the leaders in Israel have revealed their agenda by supporting the Iranian opposition.- Iranian Intelligence Minister Heydar] Moslehi, paraphased by PressTV (Iranian government media), Jan. 4, 2010
Israel does not wish the Qur'an to exist in this country. Israel does not wish the 'ulama to exist in this country. It was Israel that assaulted the Fayziyeh Madrasa by means of its sinister agents. It is still assaulting us, and assaulting you, the nation; it wishes to seize your economy, to destroy your trade and agriculture, to appropriate your wealth. Israel wishes to remove by means of its agents anything it regards as blocking its path...In order for Israel to attain its objectives, the government of Iran has continually affronte us in accordance with goals and plans conceived in Israel.- Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, June 3, 1963, "The Afternoon of Ashura," speech denouncing a raid by the Shah's police on the Madrasa from which Khomeini habitually delivered his speeches, in which several students were killed.
"Not Gaza, not Lebanon. I die only for Iran."
- Green movement protesters, Tehran, Sept. 18, 2009 (Quds Day, the anti-Zionist extravaganza)